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We set a course for success. Hammond offers students in Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade an academic experience thoughtfully developed to build character, nurture talent and inspire untethered achievement far beyond the undergraduate years. Tapping into each studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal best, we set a course for success and leadership that lasts a lifetime.




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Admissions: (803) 926-0520, drabon@ Enrollment: 550. Grades served: 4-7. Requirements for admission: Students must be full-time residents of South Carolina. Applicants accepted: 75 percent. Did you know? East Point Academy maintains an Excellent/A federal and state rating. East Point provides a rigorous academics experience strongly rooted in language, math and science, but we believe children need more than books to become well-rounded global citizens. Character development and community programs help our students and families stay engaged and connected, fostering personal growth and a strong sense of school spirit. The mission of East Point Academy is to prepare students for academic and personal success through proficiency in English and Mandarin Chinese, math, science and social studies while learning in an atmosphere that promotes cultural sharing and understanding. A nice place to call home: East Point Academy is the only charter school in South Carolina to offer Chinese Mandarin language classes. We are a thriving community of teachers, parents and blossoming life-long learners. We embrace cultural sharing and understanding. Personalized learning through small classes, bilingual language instruction in English and Chinese by certified teachers, civic engagement, cultural and social awareness activities, and parental involvement give students the personal attention and extra help they need to succeed in the classroom and in society. All students will benefit from a rigorous, innovative, and learner-centered curriculum, including inquiry-based instruction to acquire, organize, and communicate information and to solve problems. A sampling of extracurricular activities: karate, Chinese dance, piano, violin, basketball, Running Club, Science Club, Green Team, BETA Club, ping pong, gymnastics, cheerleading, Lego League, Odyssey of the Mind, Engineering/STEM Club, chorus.

Admissions: (803) 951-3321, rreser@ Tuition + fees: $75. Enrollment: 475. Grades served: 9-12. Applicants accepted: 98 percent. We can have 150 students per grade level. Once a grade level is full, students are added to a waiting list. Did you know? We have one of the best boys’ basketball teams in the state. Our students graduate with more college credits than any other high school in the state. We are small in numbers but powerful in education. A nice place to call home: We are a family school that offers two free years of dual-enrollment classes. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Football, basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball and soccer, with more activities to be added. IMAGINE COLUMBIA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY * 3810 N. Main St., Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 929-1140; www. Tuition + fees: None. Enrollment: 175. Grades served: K-5. Requirements for admission: Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 5 of the year of entrance, and they must be residents of South Carolina. A nice place to call home: We are a small, family-oriented school that believes every parent should have a choice in their child’s education. We believe in meeting a child where they are and taking them to where they need to be and beyond. We have a strong character program that develops the character traits children will need to be successful in the world of tomorrow. MIDLANDS MIDDLE COLLEGE * 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 822-7043; info@ Tuition + fees: $0. Enrollment: 135. Grades served: 11-12.


Applicants admitted: 90 percent. Did you know? Small environment – everyone knows one another. Tuitionfree dual-enrollment opportunities. A nice place to call home: School site is part of a college campus. Students use college facilities such as science labs, a library, a student center and an auditorium. A sampling of extracurricular activities: male and female leadership workshops; career field studies including Trident Tech’s Culinary Arts program and Pure Power Technologies; community service opportunities through Pawmetto Lifeline; college tours of Newberry College, USC and College of Charleston. MIDLANDS STEM INSTITUTE * 112 Crane St., Winnsboro;

Admissions: (803) 815-1524; info@ Tuition + fees: None. Enrollment: 150. Grades served: K-6. Requirements for admission: South Carolina residence. Applicants admitted: 100 percent. Did you know? We are a new school, adding a grade level each year until matriculation at grade 12. A nice place to call home: Community school environment, STEM education, academic rigor, community partnerships, strong arts program. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Chess Team, Chinese language (Mandarin), Tai Chi, martial arts, table tennis. PROVOST ACADEMY SOUTH CAROLINA * 200 Arbor Lake Drive, Suite 301, Columbia;

Admissions: 877-265-3195; Tuition + fees: $0. Enrollment: 600. Grades served: 9-12. Requirements for admission: Students must be residents of South Carolina, between the ages of 14 and 21, with Internet access. Applicants admitted: 80 percent. Did you know? Provost Academy South Carolina allows students to fast-track their courses. We have had students complete their high school career in two years.


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A nice place to call home: Students who attend our Columbia campus become a family. Classes are offered for four hours a day (8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m.), and students receive one-on-one help from state-certified teachers and academic advisers. Guest speakers and college representatives are frequently invited to our campus and provide our students with guidance, support and motivation to obtain their high school diploma and pursue a career of interest. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Students can attend our program and play sports in their local school district. We offer different clubs and organizations such as Video Game Club, Pinterest Club, etc. S.C. SCIENCE ACADEMY* 2015 Marion St., Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 227-6422; Tuition + fees: $75. Enrollment: 140. Grades served: 6-10. Did you know? S.C. Science Academy is a public institution for families who want their students to be in a problem-based instructional environment that brings academic skills and concepts to life.



Admissions: (803) 814-0353, Tuition + fees: Membership fees start at $350. See a full breakdown of fees at membership-fees. Enrollment: 1,058. Grades served: Pre-K-12. Requirements for admission: Online application, payment, records release form, course of study, and statement of intent (if applicable). Applicants accepted: 99.99 percent. Did you know? The trend with SCAIHS graduates is that 10 percent to 15 percent receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, and 30 percent to 40 percent receive the LIFE Scholarship. Our school ACT and SAT scores are consistently well above the state and national averages. We also have a special needs department to help families educate students with special needs from preschool through high school. Students in our special needs department can earn a high school diploma or work on an occupational certificate, as well as certificates of attendance. Our elementary department is available for families home schooling their kindergarten through sixth-grade students, and our middle/high school department assists students in grades 7-12. A nice place to call home: While individual homes are the “campus,” the entire community and state are available for home-schoolers to explore. Exploring the rich heritage and culture of South Carolina is one of our greatest resources! A sampling of extracurricular activities: SCAIHS sponsors a Student Council. Options for home-schoolers are almost unlimited, including home-school sports teams, band, orchestra, drama and art.

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Online charter schools CYBER ACADEMY OF SOUTH CAROLINA 330 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville;

Admissions: (855) 611-2830; Tuition + fees: $0. Enrollment: 970. Grades served: K-12. Requirements for admission: South Carolina residence. Applicants accepted: 75 percent. Did you know? The Blended Learning option for in person instruction is available in Charleston, Greenville and Columbia. A nice place to call home: Virtual learning environment, school from anywhere. A sampling of extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, BETA Club.

scholarship money, while 41 percent of our college-bound students received more than one scholarship. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Even in virtual school our students are able to connect with others in their online community through live lessons and clubs. We also offer several field trips and school events throughout the state. This allows our students to build friendships and explore the world around them. SOUTH CAROLINA VIRTUAL CHARTER SCHOOL 140 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 420, Columbia;

Admissions: (866) 467-5184; Tuition + fees: $0. Enrollment: 3,700. Grades served: K-12. Requirements for admission: South SOUTH CAROLINA CONNECTIONS Carolina residence. ACADEMY Applicants accepted: 75 percent. 220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 403, Columbia; Did you know? More than 4 million in scholarships received; 78 percent of graduates admitted in post-secondary education. Admissions: (803) 212-4712 Tuition + fees: $0. A nice place to call home: Ability to Enrollment: 4,159. school anywhere. Grades served: K-12. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Requirements for admission: Students National Honor Society, National Art entering grades K-12 residing anywhere Honor Society, Beta Club, Jr. Beta Club, in South Carolina are eligible to attend. Mu Alpha Theta (math), Rho Kappa (soDid you know? Our core curriculum is cial studies), Spanish Honor Society, geared toward preparing students for French Honor Society, Science Honor college and beyond. Students have access Society, Sigma Tau Delta (English), to AP, honors, college preparatory, and FBLA, FCA, Tri-M (music), Writers’ Foundation programs. The class of 2016 Roundtable, Book Club, Palmetto Girls earned a total of $2,947,275 in State (varies year to year).


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Developing Highly Skilled, Self-Directed Students It is the goal of Lexington County School District One to prepare a new generation of leaders and global citizens. Our desire is to develop self-directed and reflective students who accept ownership and responsibility for their learning. We want our students to develop self-confidence in their academic abilities and competence in using 21st Century knowledge and skills to achieve sophisticated learning. Most of all, we want to ensure that Lexington One graduates maintain their competitive edge. This means that our graduates must possess the necessary skills to compete, contribute, and succeed both locally and globally. They must be wellequipped to meet the anticipated needs of jobs, challenges and technologies that currently do not even exist.

Centers for Advanced Study ■ The Center for Advanced Agribusiness Research at Pelion High ■ The Center for Advanced STEM Studies at Lexington Technology Center ■ The Center for Law and Global Policy Development at River Bluff High ■ The Center for Media Arts, Design and Production at River Bluff High ■ The Center for Public Health and Advanced Medical Studies at White Knoll High ■ The Center for The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Lexington High

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Private schools BEN LIPPEN SCHOOL * 7401 Monticello Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 807-4000; Tuition + fees: Not provided. Enrollment: 740. Grades served: PreK-12. Requirements for admission: See website. Alumni you may know: Ben Lippen School has more than 3,500 alumni spread across the globe. Did you know? Ben Lippen has produced 12 National Merit semifinalists in the past five years, more than any other independent or Christian school in the Midlands. Students can earn dual-enrollment credit through Columbia International University while attending Ben Lippen School. A nice place to call home: Community

is an important aspect of life and learning at Ben Lippen School. Our teachers are involved in the daily lives of our students, inside and outside of the classroom. Ben Lippen has more than 80 upper school boarding students from around the world who live on campus, making our community a truly globally diverse campus. A sampling of extracurricular activities: choir, drama, Math Team, Model UN, Robotics Team, Science Team, nine female sports, 10 male sports. CALHOUN ACADEMY * 81 Academy Road, St. Matthews;

Admissions: (803) 874-2734; Tuition + fees: $5,124. Enrollment: 306. Grades served: K3-12. Requirements for admission: Complete application, schedule testing, and meet with guidance counselor or headmaster.


Applicants admitted: 98 percent. Did you know? We offer blended learning in sixth through 12th grades with our 1-to-1 initiative. We are SACS/ AdvancED-accredited. Our football team recently won the SCISA-AA state championship, and our debate team has won the SCISA state title for three consecutive years. We provide community outreach to various agencies (March of Dimes, St. Judeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Research Hospital fund, Calhoun County Cares) and partner with our local Relay for Life, churches, Calhoun County Library, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and our local 4-H. A nice place to call home: We are family! We have a strong family Christian Atmosphere! We offer pullout tutorials with retired and former educators. We have Apple TVs and flat-screen TVs in all classrooms to assist in our blendedlearning initiative. Our seniors are eligible to take dual-enrollment classes through OCTech. Our campus is safe and inviting. A sampling of extracurricular activities: STEM activities, variety of sports

(football, cross-country, volleyball, track, basketball, soccer, track, softball, baseball), auto mechanics, clubs, FCA, art show at local museum. CAMDEN MILITARY ACADEMY 520 U.S. 1 North, Camden;

Admissions: (800) 948-6291; Tuition + fees: $21,495. Enrollment: 295. Grades served: 7-12. Requirements for admission: Application, academic records or transcripts and interview. Applicants accepted: 80 percent. Alumni you may know: Mark Herndon, drummer for music group Alabama; Dr. Craig McCotter, a leading South Carolina cardiologist; James Burns, an attorney who served as former Gov. Nikki Haleyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief of staff. Did you know? Our campus was used as a training center for British fighter pilots and the Southern Aviation School.


A nice place to call home: The military philosophy of the academy instills timemanagement, organization, structure, self-discipline and a brotherhood that is unrivaled at any other school. A sampling of extracurricular activities: 13 sports, flight lessons, Civil Air Patrol, Scouts, band, ESL, military training. CARDINAL NEWMAN SCHOOL A diocesan-owned Catholic school 2945 Alpine Road;

Admissions: (803) 888-1611; tharper@ Tuition + fees: $10,700. Enrollment: 550. Grades served: 7-12. Requirements for admission: Accepted students are placed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; based on individual merits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; into appropriately challenging classes. Alumni you may know: Mariclare Miranda, founder and principal instructor of The Columbia Conservatory of Dance; the Rev. Msgr. Mauricio West, vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte; Melissa Heidari, Ph.D., professor of English at Columbia College. Did you know? We open each day with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. In 2015-2016, our students performed more than 25,000 hours of community service A nice place to call home: We just opened a new 49.7-acre state-of-the-art campus, conveniently located on Alpine Road near Interstate 20. The school includes 32 classrooms, five science labs, two computer labs, media center, music and vocal rooms, performing arts center, gymnasium with auxiliary space and a wellness center. With the exception of bowling and swimming, all athletic facilities are on campus. A sampling of extracurricular activities: We offer a full range of athletic, visual and performing arts and leadership and service opportunities. COVENANT CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL A private classical Christian school 3120 Covenant Road;

Admissions: (803) 787-0225, lcraddock Tuition + fees: $5,000. Enrollment: 100. Grades served: K-12.

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Requirements for admission: Application, admission assessment. Did you know? Covenant Classical Christian School is committed to graduating young men and women who think clearly with discernment and understanding, who reason persuasively and articulate precisely, and who interpret the world through the truth of Scripture. Our school is designed to develop wellrounded young men and women who are scientists as well as linguists, athletes as well as poets. Graduates leave Covenant exceptionally well prepared for their next steps in life, and 100 percent of our college-bound graduates receive financial assistance through public and private scholarships to the college of their choice. Covenant offers a competitive tuition with military, pastoral, and multichild discounts. Covenant supports home-schooling families with educational, extracurricular, and PSAT/standardized testing opportunities. A nice place to call home: Covenant is centrally located close to Forest Acres. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Volleyball, basketball, cross country, soccer, golf, dance, gymnastics.


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GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL A private Christian school 416 Denham Ave., West Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 794-8996, info@ Tuition + fees: $5,000. Enrollment: 200. Grades served: Pre-K (infant)-12. Requirements for admission: Entrance testing and interview with administration. Did you know? We offer excellent academics with a Biblical worldview. Graduates consistently score well enough to receive Palmetto Fellows and Life Scholarships. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, golf, choir, band. HAMMOND SCHOOL 854 Galway Lane, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 695-4017; lwilliams@ Tuition + fees: $9,409-$17,934.



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Enrollment: 840. Grades served: pre-K-12. Requirements for admission: Hammond seeks to bring together a group of talented and capable students who will flourish in a challenging, bur nurturing environment. The Admission Committee evaluates each student based on a personal visit, admission testing, academic record, and teacher recommendations. The committee also places a strong emphasis on strong character, social development, emotional maturity and intellectual curiosity. Applicants accepted: 85 percent. Alumni you may know: Seventh Woods, who plays basketball at the University of North Carolina; Kelsey Chow, actor known for roles on Disney XD’s “Pair of Kings” and “One Tree Hill”; Charlie Todd, comedian and founder of the New York City prank collective Improv Everywhere. Did you know? Hammond, the largest independent school in Columbia, was voted The State’s Best Private School in 2016. College acceptances are 100 percent, and our average SAT score in is 1351. Our country of study program enhances the curriculum by adding a global component across all ages and grades. Our Select Ensemble most recently sang for Pope Francis at the 2017 New Year’s Day Mass. A nice place to call home: Our 110-acre campus boasts plenty of space to stretch and explore, including an Early Technology Center, home to our Naturalist in Residence; a pioneer village that rounds out our Lower School; a 350-seat, stateof-the-art theater; two gymnasiums; and a South Campus featuring several distinct ecosystems perfect for exploration. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Athletic teams, drama, Select Ensemble, Math Team, Model UN, Youth in Government, band, Headmaster’s Leadership Council, community service, recycling initiative. HARMONY SCHOOL 3737 Covenant Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 787-1899; Tuition + fees: Not provided. Enrollment: 80. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Did you know? We blend Montessori, Waldorf and inquiry-based learning philosophies. Our students experience

hands-on and real-world experiential learning. Every classroom has animals, and every spring students participate in a drumming residency! A nice place to call home: Harmony is located in the heart of Forest Acres. We have a large, well-shaded playground! A sampling of extracurricular activities: Music, Spanish, soccer, yoga. HEATHWOOD HALL EPISCOPAL SCHOOL 3000 S. Beltline Blvd., Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 231-7719, Heathwood Tuition + fees: $18,775. Enrollment: 694. Grades served: Pre-K (age 2)-12. Requirements for admission: Application, transcripts, teacher recommendations, and a writing sample. Applicants accepted: 85 percent. Did you know? A Heathwood student placed third in the world in the 2016 Optimist International Oratorical Competition. Another has been invited to present her scientific research nationally. Heathwood’s Youth in Government Mock Trial Team won the state competition and is headed to nationals this summer. And 11 Heathwood teachers have been honored as South Carolina Independent Schools Association Teachers of the Year since 2001. A nice place to call home: Heathwood’s 122 biodiverse acres provide an active learning environment for students of all ages. Our buddies programs bring older and younger students together to work on science and reading projects. And our signature programs, including the annual Winterim week of travel, internship or study, and Columbia Connections, which extends our learning environment into our city, offer exceptional experiential learning opportunities. A sampling of extracurricular activities: PEAK Outdoor Education and Leadership Training, Honors Science Research, Youth in Government, Mock Trial, Math Team, Young Life, Accept Club, Chess Club, chorus, band, Open Art Studio, 37 teams in 14 sports. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 649 Barr Road, Lexington;


Admissions: (803) 951-3901, info@ Tuition + fees: $5,400. Enrollment: 80. Grades served: K-12. Requirements for admission: Admissions testing, pastoral reference; teacher references; signature on Statement of Faith. Applicants accepted: 95 percent. Alumni you may know: Morgan Heinzelmann, a medical student at George Washington University; Brian Rogers, a graduate of the International Business School at USC, currently employed by American Airlines in Dallas, Texas. Did you know? Heritage Christian Academy was founded in 1996 as a college preparatory school that is both distinctively Christian in philosophy and practice and classical in approach to curricula and instruction methods. Classes are capped at 14 students. By maintaining small classes, students are given personalized attention, rigorous academic standards are maintained, and a close-knit school community is formed. The school is accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) and is a member of the prestigious Educational Records Bureau (ERB). A nice place to call home: The Lower School is separated from the Middle and Upper School on a more than 8-acre property in a quiet, residential neighborhood. The serene campus includes a large activity field, a playground, and room for growth. Heritage parents are part of an inclusive and lasting school family. To facilitate a school-family bond, Heritage holds special annual family events, including Grandparents’ Day, Christmas Vespers, Fine Arts Day, and SpartaFest – a family track and field event. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Tennis, basketball, science fair, academic team, student government. THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF CAMDEN A private Montessori school Two Montessori Way, Camden;

Admissions: (803) 432-6828 Tuition + fees: $6,000. Enrollment: 82. Grades served: Pre-K-6. Requirements for admission: All children can be accepted. Applicants accepted: 80 percent.

A nice place to call home: Very quiet 11-acre campus with fields and woods in a rural setting. A sampling of extracurricular activities: After-school and summer programs. MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF COLUMBIA * A private Montessori school 411 S. Maple St., Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 783-8838; karen@ Tuition + fees: $7,000. Enrollment: 115. Grades served: K3-6. Applicants accepted: 75 percent. Did you know? The founders of Google, Amazon and Sim City were all Montessori students. So were Steph Curry, Taylor Swift and Beyonce. A nice place to call home: The Montessori School of Columbia has two 2 of wooded campus in the heart of the city, just minutes from USC and downtown. We have chickens, gardens, a labyrinth and two age-appropriate playgrounds. A sampling of extracurricular activities: art, music, Spanish, Latin, physical education. NORTHSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL * 4347 Sunset Blvd., Lexington;

Admissions: (803) 520-5657; Tuition + fees: $5,018. Enrollment: 630. Grades served: Pre-K (age 6 weeks)-12. Requirements for admission: Based on academics and behavior. Applicants admitted: 92 percent. Did you know? Northside was founded in 2011. We will have our first graduating class this year. We have been voted Best Private School by the readers of The State, Lexington Life and CWC Life. We have also been recognized as one of the fastest-growing private schools in South Carolina. A nice place to call home: The vision of Northside Christian Academy is to trust our Lord as we seek academic and biblical excellence. We believe this will be accomplished with much prayer, commitment, and great leadership among the administration and faculty, supported by a strong base of parental involvement.


Our goal is to prepare students to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ so that the generations to come might know Him. (Psalm 78:4) A sampling of extracurricular activities: Fine Arts Academy, football, cheerleading, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, volleyball, Math Team, Literary Team. ORANGEBURG PREPARATORY SCHOOLS, INC.* 2651 North Road, Orangeburg;

Admissions: (803) 536-3000; Tuition + fees: $5,880. Enrollment: 675. Grades served: K4-12. Requirements for admission: Application plus $150 application fee, review of all previous school transcripts, signed contract, $100 building fee; testing possible, depending on grade level. Applicants admitted: 75 percent. Alumni you may know: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

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Did you know? We focus on ensuring our students are college-ready. With a 100 percent graduation rate and 100 percent of our graduates going on to attend institutions of higher education, we focus on student success. A minimum of 12 college credit hours are earned by graduating seniors through free dualcredit courses with the University of South Carolina. With smartboards, projection televisions, document cameras, iPad carts, and Wi-Fi throughout both campuses, we are committed to providing students, teachers, staff and administration with the most advanced technological tools necessary to educate our students and prepare them for college. A nice place to call home: We have two beautiful campuses. Upper Campus is grades 6-12, while lower is preschool through fifth grade. Each campus has its own library, gymnasium, cafeteria, computer lab and music/art rooms. We also have a child development center and preschool for infants through 3-year-olds that offers after-school and summer programs.

A sampling of extracurricular activities: Over 40 sports, National Honor Society, Key Club, band, drama, FCA, yearbook, and Rotary, to name a few. ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL * 1035 Hampton St., Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 252-8285; ehero@st Tuition + fees: $5,652. Enrollment: 132. Grades served: K4-6. Requirements for admission: Submit application and fees. Applicants admitted: 90 percent. Did you know? St. Peter’s Catholic School has been accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges for more than 40 years. Students consistently score in the top percentiles of those taking the national achievement test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills. A nice place to call home: The new activities center, the Cardinal Bernardin Center, has two event halls, a large kitch-

en, meeting spaces, a music room, a choir practice room and offices. Steps from the Vista and the State House, St. Peter’s is the only private elementary school in central Columbia. St. Peter’s Catholic School nurtures and challenges students so that each can achieve his or her God-given potential. A-plus academics are offered in a vibrant, faith-based environment. A sampling of extracurricular activities: After-school activities vary from year to year and may include Tiny Techs, piano, Capella Pueri (children’s choir), Soccer Shots, Minding Your Manners, Writing Club, Cooking Club, Art Club and more. ST. JOHN NEUMANN CATHOLIC SCHOOL A private parochial school 721 Polo Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 788-1367, masmith@ Tuition + fees: Preschool (3 and 4 years) tuition: $3,777 for Catholics, $6,400 for

Services Offered High School Diploma courses High School Equivalency Diploma classes and testing (GED and TASC) COMPASS testing ASVAB testing Computer Literacy courses Basic Literacy Skills classes ACT WorkKeys - Job skills assessment SC Benefits Bank partnering services CompTIA testing through Pearson VUE

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Richland School District Two STEAM Magnet Schools

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Longleaf Middle Engineering and Arts Magnet School 1160 Longreen Parkway, Columbia, SC 29229 Contact: Latoya Goodwin-Gary, 803-691-4870

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math Schedule a school tour today. Check website for application dates. WWW.RICHLAND2.ORG Killian Elementary STEAM Leaders Magnet School 2621 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229 Contact: Nancy Diggs, 803-699-2981 FUND ED BY MSAP G RANT THRO U GH THE USDO E.

Westwood High School: Institute of Research, Engagement & Design (iRED) Magnet 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood, SC 29016 Contact: Joseph Eberlin, 803-691-4049



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non-Catholics; kindergarten-sixth grade tuition: $5,284 for Catholics; $8,967 for non-Catholics; preschool fees: $340; kindergarten-sixth grade fees: $485. Enrollment: 310. Grades served: Pre-K (age 3)-6. Requirements for admission: For all grades, a certified birth certificate and immunization records are required. Families of all faiths are welcome. Applicants accepted: 99 percent. Did you know? SJN has twice been named a National Blue Ribbon School, our principal was named a National Distinguished Principal, and the school received the Fidelity Award from the International Alliance of Invitational Education. SJN holds an AdvancEd accreditation through SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), is a member of the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association), and is in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston. Our students regularly score in the top 15 percent in the country for standardized test scores (MAP), and typically half of our upper-grade students qualify for Duke TIP annually. Although SJN does

have a strong Catholic identity, with students attending religion class, monthly Mass, and weekly prayer services, we also happily welcome students of all faiths. Our Catholic student population is about 70 percent. A nice place to call home: St. John Neumann Catholic School nurtures and inspires the spiritual and intellectual development of students of all faiths. Our welcoming and safe school offers an inviting environment in which students are guided by our outstanding faculty to reach their full potential. All of our parents volunteer at the school, and many family events are offered throughout the year. We have an academically challenging curriculum, which employs innovative teaching techniques (such as differentiated instruction, cross-curricular learning, and dedicated classrooms and faculty for enrichment and reinforcement for students) and up-to-date technology (including lab and classroom computers, iPads, and SMART Boards). Every classroom has a certified lead teacher and an assistant teacher who aids in small-group and individual instruction. In addition to


a core curriculum offering language arts, science, math, social studies and religion, our students also enjoy our “specials,” including science lab, computer lab (in our Apple computer lab), art, music (including annual musical productions), foreign language, PE, and library. SJN is a Certified SC Green Steps School and has won many environmental awards and grants. Our teachers and students all participate in Green initiatives at SJN. Communication is constant between the school and parents, including weekly memos, a Facebook page and website, an online service for student grades, and a monthly newsletter called the Eagle Events. We teach our students about their responsibilities as citizens and participate in many community service projects throughout the school year. We strive each day to fulfill our core values: “Where God is embraced, where family is engaged, where learning is innovative, where confidence is inspired, where success is achieved.” The faculty and staff of St. John Neumann Catholic School work every day to ensure that our school is one where children experience

success! A sampling of extracurricular activities: Our after-school program includes many activities, including: Arts and Crafts Club, chorus (for SJN Church), Eco-Friendly Eagles (our environmental club), Genova Karate, Girls’ Club, Golf Squad, LEGO Robotics Engineering, Math Club, Planet Gymnastics and Cheer, Rosary Club, SJN band, Strategery Chess Club. THOMAS SUMTER ACADEMY – COLUMBIA CAMPUS 806-A Universal Drive, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 638-4351, Tuition + fees: $2,500. Enrollment: More than 30. Grades served: Pre-K (age 3)-5. Requirements for admission: Transfer students must be in good-standing with current school. Applicants accepted: 90 percent. Did you know? Thomas Sumter Academy was founded in 1964 in Rembert and


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level. It is a save haven where identification badges are not necessary. There are no security guards, no locks on the lockers. Like the neighborhood school of days gone by, Wilson Hall is a campus to which students can walk or ride their bikes. It is a hub of activity where students and parents are welcomed long after the school day has ended. Wilson Hall is a place where religious expression is encouraged with daily devotions and TIMMERMAN SCHOOL * prayer, and where patriotism is fostered with the daily Pledge of Allegiance. It is a 2219 Atascadero Drive, Columbia; place where good manners are expected, where students respect their teachers, and where students are self-disciplined. Admissions: (803) 782-2748; info@ The school is located on a 16-acre pus in the suburbs of Sumter and is surTuition + fees: $5,490. rounded by well-established residential Enrollment: 300. neighborhoods. Grades served: K3-8. Did you know? All of our graduates are Requirements for admissions: accepted to a four-year college or uniAcademic placement testing. versity, and 100 percent of the class of Applicants admitted: 88 percent. 2015 received merit-based scholarships. Alumni you may know: Local politicians The average SAT score for the class of and two federal judges. 2015 was 1216. The top 25 percent of the Did you know? Advanced accreditation. class scored an average of 1400. We Won more SCISA state spelling titles offer 17 Advanced Placement courses for than any other school. Produce fullcollege credits. length ballet productions yearly and compete in dance competitions. Compet- A sampling of extracurricular activities: Wilson Hall offers 45 clubs and extracuritive math team are currently state runricular organizations, including Fellowners-up in Division 1. Offer full summer ship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, program for working parents. LEGO Club, Robotics Club, drama, choA nice place to call home: Beautiful wooded campus with streams, brand new rus and instrumental ensemble. The school has won 128 state titles in ingymnasium, 400 seat auditorium. A sampling of extracurricular activities: terscholastic competitions, including the most recent championships for Battle of Comprehensive dance and music prothe Books, chess, debate and literary grams; girls’ and boys basketball, cross team. Wilson Hall sponsors 35 athletic country and track, baseball and tennis; teams and has won 53 state championgirls’ volleyball; sporting clay; chess. ships in 13 different sports. WILSON HALL * opened its Columbia Campus in August. A nice place to call home: Our family environment is composed of certified teachers and a diverse student population representing a variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Music (including vocal and piano lessons), art, computer, PE, dance, Spanish, STEAM activities.

520 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter;

Admissions: (803) 469-3475, ext. 107; Tuition + fees: Ranges from $2,500 for K3 to $6,565 for grades 9-12. Enrollment: 780. Grades served: K3-12. Requirements for admission: Gradelevel entrance test; minimum C average in core courses; top 30 percent nationally on a standardized test. Applicants admitted: 90 percent. A nice place to call home: Wilson Hall is a small school by design, giving teachers and students the opportunity to get to know one another on a more personal

Public schools: Kershaw County Schools * For all schools in the district, no admission is charged, and students must live in the zoned area to be admitted.



Admissions: (803) 432-2483. Enrollment: 215. Grades served: K4-5. BETHUNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 302 Northwood St. East, Bethune;

Admissions: 843-334-6278. Enrollment: 89. Grades served: K-5. BLANEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1621 Smyrna Road, Elgin;

Admissions: (803) 438-3241. Enrollment: 815. Grades served: K4-5. CAMDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1304 Lyttleton St., Camden;


DOBY’S MILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1964 Fort Jackson Road, Lugoff;

Admissions: (803) 438-4055. Enrollment: 566. Grades served: K-5. JACKSON SCHOOL 1730 Jefferson Davis Highway, Camden;

Admissions: (803) 425-8965. Enrollment: 545. Grades served: K-5. LUGOFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 994 Ridgeway Road, Lugoff;

Admissions: (803) 438-8000. Enrollment: 606. Grades served: K-5. LUGOFF-ELGIN HIGH SCHOOL 1284 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff;

Admissions: (803) 425-8960. Enrollment: 589. Grades served: K-5.

Admissions: (803) 438-3481. Enrollment: 1,574. Grades served: 9-12.



1022 Ehrenclou Drive, Camden;

1244 U.S. 1 South, Lugoff;

Admissions: (803) 425-8930. Enrollment: 985. Grades served: 9-12.

Admissions: (803) 438-3591. Enrollment: 625. Grades served: 6-8.



902 McRae Road, Camden;

1892 U.S. 1 North, Cassatt;

Admissions: (803) 425-8975. Enrollment: 754. Grades served: 6-8.

Admissions: (803) 432-6122. Enrollment: 431. Grades served: K4-5.


874 Vocational Lane, Camden;


1109 Campbell St., Camden;

5160 Mount Pisgah Road, Kershaw;

Admissions: (803) 425-8982. Enrollment: 100. Grades served: 9-12.

Admissions: (803) 425-7712. Enrollment: 100. Grades served: 6-12.

Admissions: (803) 475-6791. Enrollment: 140. Grades served: K-5.


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NORTH CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 3000 Lockhart Road, Kershaw;

Admissions: (803) 432-9858. Enrollment: 430. Grades served: 9-12. NORTH CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL 805 Keys Lane, Kershaw;

Admissions: (803) 424-2740. Enrollment: 358. Grades served: 6-8. PINE TREE HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 938 Bishopville Highway, Camden;

Admissions: (803) 425-8970. Enrollment: 593. Grades served: K4-5. STOVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 1649 Smyrna Road, Elgin;

Admissions: (803) 438-7414. Enrollment: 646. Grades served: 6-8.


A sampling of extracurricular activities: Girls on Track, news show, sports, band, chorus. After-school program, news show, Girls on the Run. BATEBURG-LEESVILLE PRIMARY SCHOOL BATESBURG-LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL A public Montessori school 600 Summerland Ave., Batesburg-Leesville;

800 Summerland Ave., Batesburg-Leesville;

Public schools: Lexington School District Three

Admissions: (803) 532-9251, lallison@ Enrollment: 541. Grades served: 9-12. A sampling of extracurricular activities: Sports, band, chorus, FFA, Academic Team, yearbook staff, Gaming Club, Pinterest Club, Beta Club, JROTC.

Admissions: (803) 532-4452, Enrollment: 628. Grades served: Pre-K-2. Applicants admitted: 100 percent. A sampling of extracurricular activities: After-school program.



403 S. Lee St., Batesburg-Leesville;

425 Shealy Road, Batesburg-Leesville;

Admissions: (803) 532-1155, jhembree@ Enrollment: 477. Grades served: 3-5.

EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER Admissions: (803) 532-3831, A public Montessori school 135 Lewis Rast Road, Swansea; Enrollment: 430. Grades served: 6-8. A sampling of extracurricular activities:

WATEREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 424 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff;

Admissions: (803) 438-8018. Enrollment: 645. Grades served: K4-5.

Public schools: Lexington School District Four


Gray Collegiate Academy War Eagles Soar with Excellent Results on the PSAT Henry David Thoreau once said, “Things do not change; we change.” This quote fits perfectly for the inspiring and progressive changes taking place at Gray Collegiate Academy, a public charter high school, conveniently located near the major interstate highways in West Columbia, SC. GCA is a 9-12th grade high school which focuses on Dual Enrollment courses--giving students an exceptional opportunity to receive up to sixty (60) hours of college credit throughout their high school years; who would not desire such an immense financial savings on “jump-starting” college? The changes that are most impactful include academic success, and that is being noticed throughout GCA. PSAT results arrived this week, and we have great news to share. Gray had a mean value score of 1033 for all Juniors, compared to the 1006 district and 1025 state scores, respectively. Our Juniors also had 50% of students meet both benchmarks, compared to 40% for the school district and 46% for the state, respectively. Also, Sophomores could not be overshadowed, as they had 33% meet both benchmarks, compared to 29% for the district and 31% for the state, respectively. These are excellent results and demonstrate that academic development is happening at GCA. Dr. Brian Newsome, Principal at GCA, stated, “I was excited to hear the wonderful results from our PSAT. This is only one testament of the dedication that is demonstrated daily from our teacher-certified faculty, college staff, school staff, students, and parents. We are focused on improving student achievement daily at GCA, and we will continue to provide a rigorous curriculum in a quality-learning environment. We have implemented other positive changes that are impactful for our school, including peer tutoring, free teacher tutoring, a focus on high-academic standards, and quality instruction-- delivered daily. Truly I am proud to serve as Principal at Gray.” Concluding, it is wonderful to share with you these student successes at our school. The faculty, staff, and administration invite anyone interested in learning more about Gray and its unique and beneficial high-school program to visit the website (, to stop by for a visit, or to call 803.951.3321. You will truly see a family-like environment focused on students’ successes.


Admissions: (803) 490-7001 Grades served: Pre-K (age 3)-kindergarten. FRANCES MACK INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL A public Montessori school 161 Gaston St., Gaston;

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Admissions: (803) 476-4500 Enrollment: 616. Grades served: K-5. CHAPIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 940 Old Bush River Road, Chapin;

Admissions: (803) 490-7004 Grades served: 5-6.

Admissions: (803) 575-5900 Enrollment: 641. Grades served: K-4.



A public Montessori school 130 Lewis Rast Road, Swansea;

300 Columbia Ave., Chapin;

Admissions: (803) 490-7003 Grades served: 3-4.

Admissions: (803) 575-5400 Enrollment: 1,316. Grades served: 9-12.



A public Montessori school 582 Meadowfield Road, Gaston;

1130 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin;

Thomas Sumter Academy

Admissions: (803) 490-7005 Grades served: 7-8.

Admissions: (803) 575-5700 Enrollment: 758. Grades served: 5-6.

call 803-638-4351



A public Montessori school 140 Lewis Rast Road, Swansea;

11661 Broad River Road, Chapin;

Admissions: (803) 490-7002 Grades served: 1-2. SWANSEA HIGH FRESHMAN ACADEMY 1195 I.W. Hutto Road, Swansea

Admissions: (803) 490-7006 Grades served: 9.

Admissions: (803) 726-6500 Enrollment: 863. Grades served: 7-8.

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H.E. CORLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1500 Chadford Road, Irmo;

Admissions: (803) 476-4001 Enrollment: 490. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

SWANSEA HIGH SCHOOL 500 E. First St., Swansea

Admissions: (803) 490-7007. Grades served: 10-12.


Public schools: District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties

Admissions: (803) 476-8300 Enrollment: 798. Grades served: 6.


7900 BROAD RIVER ROAD, IRMO; WWW.LEXRICH5.ORG/DFES Admissions: (803) 476-3900

1040 Bickley Road, Irmo;

Grades K-12


6949 St. Andrews Road;


Classical Christian Education call (803) 787-0225 today for more information ·



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Enrollment: 513. Grades served: Pre-K-5.


IRMO HIGH SCHOOL 6671 St. Andrews Road;

DUTCH FORK HIGH SCHOOL 1400 Old Tamah Road, Irmo;

Admissions: (803) 476-3000 Enrollment: 1,426. Grades served: 9-12.

Admissions: (803) 476-3300 Enrollment: 1,717. Grades served: 9-12.



Admissions: (803) 476-3600 Enrollment: 888. Grades served: 6-8.

257 Crossbow Drive;

Admissions: (803) 476-3800 Enrollment: 581. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

6051 Wescott Road;



Admissions: (803) 476-4200 Enrollment: 472. Grades served: K-5.

Admissions: (803) 476-4600 Enrollment: 988. Grades served: K-4. LEAPHART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Admissions: (803) 476-4700 Enrollment: 422. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

Admissions: (803) 476-4400 Enrollment: 536. Grades served: Pre-K-5. SEVEN OAKS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


Admissions: (803) 476-4300 Enrollment: 413. Grades served: Pre-K-5. OAK POINTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL One River Bottom Road, Irmo;

Admissions: (803) 476-4100 Enrollment: 609. Grades served: Pre-K-5. RIVER SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 115 Connie Wright Road, Irmo;

120 Piney Grove Road;

2800 Ashland Road;

Admissions: (803) 476-8500 Enrollment: 589. Grades served: Pre-K-5. SPRING HILL HIGH SCHOOL 11629 Broad River Road, Chapin;

Admissions: (803) 476-8700 Enrollment: 1,102. Grades served: 9-12.

Public schools: Richland School District Two BETHEL-HANBERRY ELEMENTARY 125 Boney Road, Blythewood;

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Admissions: (803) 691-6880 Enrollment: 725. Grades served: Pre-K-5.



A public magnet school 200 1/2 Summit Parkway, Columbia;

501 Main St., Blythewood;

Grades served: Pre-K.

Admissions: (803) 691-6890

Admissions: (803) 699-2969 Enrollment: 246. Grades served: K-5.



10901 Wilson Blvd., Blythewood;

A public magnet school 3006 Appleby Lane, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 691-4090 Enrollment: 1,987. Grades served: 9-12.

Admissions: (803) 699-2966 Enrollment: 261. Grades served: K-5.

BLYTHEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL 2351 Longtown Road East, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-6850 Enrollment: 833. Grades served: 6-8. BRIDGE CREEK ELEMENTARY 121 Bombing Range Road, Elgin;

Admissions: (803) 462-3900 Enrollment: 579. Grades served: Pre-K-5. CATAWBA TRAIL ELEMENTARY 1080 Old National Highway, Elgin;

CENTER FOR KNOWLEGE NORTH A public magnet school 1043 Muller Road, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-7216 Enrollment: 109. Grades served: 2-6. CENTER FOR CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2621-A Clemson Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-2536 Enrollment: 86.

At District Five, we believe that all students can learn, but not every student learns in the same way. Diversity of talents, interests, learning styles and backgrounds is what makes us a great community of thinkers and problem solvers. District Five has long placed a priority on growing our academic programs through magnet and other offerings. It's a deliberate decision to provide our families with the choices they need to make their students successful in school and in future careers.

CONDER ELEMENTARY ARTS INTEGRATED MAGNET A public magnet school 8040 Hunt Club Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 736-8720 Enrollment: 862. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

A public magnet school 2721 Decker Blvd., Columbia;

CENTER FOR ACHIEVEMENT A public magnet school 1000 Lake Carolina Drive, Columbia;


Admissions: (803) 691-4895 Enrollment: 236. Grades served: K-5.

DENT MIDDLE SCHOOL Admissions: (803) 699-3501 Enrollment: 608. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

PURSUING excellence

Dutch Fork Elementary Academy of Environmental Sciences Harbison West Elementary Escolares Academy H. E. Corley Elementary The Leader in Me Leaphart Elementary Engineering Magnet Seven Oaks Elementary MEDIA Magnet Irmo Middle International Academic Magnet Dutch Fork High School STEM Program Irmo High International School for the Arts Irmo High International Baccalaureate Program Spring Hill High Career Pathways Magnet

Admissions: (803) 699-2750 Enrollment: 1,195. Grades served: 6-8. Magnets: Single-gender programs, The Learning Collaborative, Fine Arts Media Literacy Program. FOREST LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A public magnet school 6801 Brookfield Road, Columbia;

Where Every Choice Is A Great Choice! Admissions: (803) 782-0470 Enrollment: 585. Grades served: pre-K-5.



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Magnets: NASA Explorer School, Elementary Learning Collaborative.

Enrollment: 498. Grades served: 3-5.



7150 Trenholm Road Extension

480 Langford Road, Blythewood;


Admissions: (803) 691-4091 Enrollment: 471. Grades served: Pre-K-5.


Admissions: (803) 419-2226 Enrollment: 717. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Magnet: Language Immersion Academy at Polo Road PONTIAC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 500 Spears Creek Church Road, Elgin;


A public magnet school 7500 Springcrest Drive, Columbia;

A public magnet school 1160 Longreen Parkway, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-2700 Enrollment: 701. Grades served: Pre-K-5.

Admissions: (803) 736-8754 Enrollment: 672. Grades served: pre-K-5. Magnet: School for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

Admissions: (803) 691-4870 Enrollment: 781. Grades served: 6-8. Magnets: Longleaf Engineerring and Arts Program (LEAP), the School for Zoological and Botanical Studies.


KELLY MILL MIDDLE SCHOOL A public magnet school 1141 Kelly Mill Road, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-7210 Enrollment: 903. Grades served: 6-8. Magnet: Kelly Mill, Inc. KILLIAN ELEMENTARY STEAM LEADERS MAGNET SCHOOL A public magnet school 2621 Clemson Road, Columbia;

MULLER ROAD MIDDLE SCHOOL A public magnet school 1031 Muller Road, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-6851 Enrollment: 752. Grades served: 6-8. Magnets: Leadership Academy at Muller (L@M). A public magnet school 225 N. Brickyard Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 736-8730 Enrollment: 593. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Magnet: Academy for Civic Engagement.



1151 Kelly Mill Road, Blythewood;

A public magnet school 1300 Clemson Road, Columbia;


Admissions: (803) 736-3183 Enrollment: 726. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Magnet: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics School (STEMS)

1261 Kelly Mill Road, Blythewood;


Admissions: (803) 691-3360

Admissions: (803) 699-2900 Enrollment: 728. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Magnet: eFIT Academy (environmental fitness). RICHLAND NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL A public magnet school 7500 Brookfield Road, Columbia;

RIDGE VIEW HIGH SCHOOL A public magnet school 4801 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-2999 Enrollment: 1,359. Grades served: 9-12. Magnets: Institute of BioHealth Sciences, Institute of Allied Health Sciences, The Scholars Academy for Business and Law. W.R. ROGERS ADULT, CONTINUING, AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION CENTER 750 Old Clemson Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 736-8787 ROUND TOP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 449 Rimer Pond Road, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-8676 Enrollment: 573. Grades served: Pre-K-5. SANDLAPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


Admissions: (803) 699-2981 Enrollment: 707. Grades served: K-5. Magnet: STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) leaders.

Admissions: (803) 714-1300 Enrollment: 472. Grades served: Pre-K-2.

A public magnet school 4751 Hard Scrabble Road, Columbia;

Enrollment: Juniors and seniors from all five high schools are eligible to participate. Grades served: 11-12.

A public magnet school 1250 Polo Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-2800 Enrollment: 1,413. Grades served: 9-12. Magnets: Convergence Media, Palmetto Center for the Arts, Horizon, International Baccalaureate for Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. RICHLAND TWO CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL A public charter school 7900 Brookmont Lane, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 419-1348 Enrollment: 98. Grades served: 9-12. RICHLAND TWO INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION (R2I2) 763 Fashion Drive;

Admissions: (803) 691-4892,

1001 Longtown Road, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 691-4045 Enrollment: 663. Grades served: Pre-K-5. SPRING VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL A public magnet school 120 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-3500 Enrollment: 2,087. Grades served: 9-12. Magnets: Discovery, Explorations. SUMMIT PARKWAY MIDDLE SCHOOL A public magnet school 200 Summit Parkway, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 699-3580 Enrollment: 955. Grades served: 6-8.


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expelled from high school. They must be unemployed or underemployed, drugfree, and physically and mentally capable of competing the program. They may not be convicted felons or under felony Admissions: (803) 736-8740 indictment. Enrollment: 1,085. A nice place to call home: The mission Grades served: 6-8. of SC Youth ChalleNGE Program is to Magnets: International Baccalaureate for intervene in and reclaim the lives of 16Middle Years Programme, Leadership to 18-year-old high school dropouts, Academy at Wright (LAW) producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education and selfdiscipline necessary to succeed as proOther types of schools ductive citizens in society. A sampling of extracurricular activities: SOUTH CAROLINA YOUTH The core curriculum consists of eight CHALLENGE core components: A residential military school A Academic excellence: Increase grade 5471 Leesburg Road, Eastover; levels in reading and math. Try to earn your GED (not everyone will). Each person’s grade levels are not the same. The Admissions: (803) 299-4872, keltime frame here will not allow for a 1st grade level to increase to a GED test Tuition + fees: $0. level, but there should be a grade level Enrollment: 150. improvement to pursue higher education. Grades served: Ages 16-18. A Health and hygiene: Understand Requirements for admission: Applicants nutrition basics, substance awareness must be South Carolina residents age and personal relationships. 16-18 who have dropped out of or been A Job skills: Learn basic work skills,

A public magnet school Magnets: STEM Institute of Design and 2740 Alpine Road, Columbia; Innovation (SIDI), Academy of Exercise Physiology and Sports Medicine (Get Fit).

WESTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL A public magnet school 180 Turkey Farm Road, Blythewood;

Admissions: (803) 691-4049 Enrollment: 1,367. Grades served: 9-12. Magnets: Studio D, Institute of Research, Engagement & Design (iRED). WINDSOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL A public magnet school 9800 Dunbarton Drive, Columbia;

Admissions: (803) 736-8723 Enrollment: 741. Grades served: Pre-K-5. Magnet: International Baccalaureate for the Primary Years Programme. E.L. WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL

resume writing, job interview techniques and career exploration. A Community service: Every child will complete at least 40 hours of community service giving back to the community during the five-and-one-half-month residential phase. A Leadership/followership: Learn positive leadership and followership responsibilities, ethical standards and roles with social groups. A Life coping skills: Learn personal financial management, teamwork skills, anger management, and drug and alcohol strategies. A Physical fitness: Improve personal fitness through daily exercise activities and sports. A Responsible citizenship: Understand civic responsibilities and the roles of positive citizens within your community. In addition to the eight core components, we offer driver’s education, a 3-D printing course, forklift operator training, Serve Safe Certificate, ASVAB and Work Keys Testing, and the opportunity to attend Aiken Technical College after the residential phase.

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The Choice is Yours! One of South Carolina’s most dynamic school districts, Richland One offers students a variety of innovative and rigorous academic programs and experiential learning opportunities designed to prepare them for college and careers. If you’re looking for choices when it comes to the education of your children, come see what we have to offer! • Montessori (Elementary & Middle)

• International Baccalaureate & AP

• Language Immersion

• STEM & STEAM Programs

• Health Sciences Magnet

• Visual & Performing Arts

• Career and Technology Education

• Dual Enrollment Programs

…. and many, many more!

Multiple Pathways to Graduation, 2017  

A special section from The State newspaper outlines parents' educational options in the Midlands, including charter schools, private schools...

Multiple Pathways to Graduation, 2017  

A special section from The State newspaper outlines parents' educational options in the Midlands, including charter schools, private schools...